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A weekly podcast with Professor Alister McGrath exploring C.S. Lewis’ thought, theology and teaching.
C.S. Lewis is one of the most influential voices in modern Christianity. The 20th Century British writer and lay theologian has profoundly impacted Christians around the world and brought many atheists and agnostics to faith in Jesus.
One person whose faith was greatly encouraged by the writings of C.S. Lewis is Professor Alister McGrath. Both men were raised in Northern Ireland, studied at Oxford University and went on to become professors there. They also both came to faith from atheism slightly later in life. Alister has written numerous books on C.S. Lewis, including a seminal biography C.S. Lewis – A Life.
Every Monday, Ruth Jackson and Professor Alister McGrath will reflect on C.S. Lewis’ ideas, life and influence as well as trying to answer questions that impact culture today.

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A weekly podcast with Professor Alister McGrath exploring C.S. Lewis’ thought, theology and teaching.
C.S. Lewis is one of the most influential voices in modern Christianity. The 20th Century British writer and lay theologian has profoundly impacted Christians around the world and brought many atheists and agnostics to faith in Jesus.
One person whose faith was greatly encouraged by the writings of C.S. Lewis is Professor Alister McGrath. Both men were raised in Northern Ireland, studied at Oxford University and went on to become professors there. They also both came to faith from atheism slightly later in life. Alister has written numerous books on C.S. Lewis, including a seminal biography C.S. Lewis – A Life.
Every Monday, Ruth Jackson and Professor Alister McGrath will reflect on C.S. Lewis’ ideas, life and influence as well as trying to answer questions that impact culture today.

    #153 The poet and the philologist: Lewis and Tolkien's early years

    #153 The poet and the philologist: Lewis and Tolkien's early years

    Dr Holly Ordway, author of Tolkien’s Faith explores what Lewis and Tolkien thought of each other when they first met. How did their friendship blossom? Why was their conversation in Addison's Walk so significant to Lewis' journey back to Christianity? What influence did the two men have on each other?
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    #152 Is ‘The Lord of the Rings’ a religious work?

    #152 Is ‘The Lord of the Rings’ a religious work?

    Dr Holly Ordway, author of Tolkien’s Faith explores what JRR Tolkien meant when he described The Lord of the Rings as a "fundamentally religious and Catholic work". Do we see any elements of his faith in the book? Is it possible to discern a theology? Are there any characters Tolkien identified with? plus, how does Leaf by Niggle relate to Tolkien's magnum opus?
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    #151 Holly Ordway: Trauma, Catholicism and romantic love

    #151 Holly Ordway: Trauma, Catholicism and romantic love

    Dr Holly Ordway, author of Tolkien’s Faith, shares some of the traumatic events in JRR Tolkien's life, such as the death of his parents during his childhood, his forbidden romantic love and his experience of the Great War. What would it have been like to convert to Catholicism? How did his guardian Fr Francis impact Tolkien's faith?
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    #150 Holly Ordway: Tolkien on Holy Week

    #150 Holly Ordway: Tolkien on Holy Week

    We continue our conversation with Dr Holly Ordway, author of Tolkien's Faith. How would Tolkien have celebrated Holy Week? How did he view death? What did Easter and the resurrection mean to him?
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    #149 Holly Ordway: Tolkien's faith

    #149 Holly Ordway: Tolkien's faith

    Ahead of Tolkien Reading Day on 25th March, Dr Holly Ordway, author of Tolkien's Faith, shares her thoughts about Tolkien’s Catholic faith. She explores the relevance of his work, looking at whether it will stand the test of time.
    For Holly: www.hollyordway.com
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    • 35 min
    #148 Ruth Jackson: Where it all began

    #148 Ruth Jackson: Where it all began

    The microphone is turned on Ruth Jackson as she is interviewed by David Bates from Pints With Jack. Originally broadcast in 2021 just after the launch of The CS Lewis Podcast, Ruth shares the vision behind why and how it started. Plus, shout about the show to win yourself a free copy of CS Lewis: A Life by Professor Alister McGrath.
    For Pints With Jack: https://www.pintswithjack.com/
    To view their interview with Ruth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sb36l_OEyU&t=159s
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Customer Reviews

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341 Ratings

341 Ratings

DaveAttaway ,

CS Lewis podcast

I really enjoyed this week’s episode with the interview of Ruth Jackson from 2021. It was interesting to hear how she started the podcast and her connection with Alister McGrath. I can’t wait to go back and listen to the early episodes, especially when they discuss Mere Christianity! Thanks Ruth. Keep up the great work!!

*courtney m* ,

Brody

I agree with the podcast’s analysis on how C.S Lewis’s beliefs effected the story. I agree because after C.S Lewis’s beliefs were made clear I could better see why and how the aliens culture and beliefs came about as well as Ransoms.

Lackingnada ,

Stunning.

I am a 72 yo chagrined possessor of so many failures and faults, …. So undeserving of God’s consideration. But that doesn’t stop Him and doesn’t interfere w His provision. Thank you for wonderful interview. Delighted to see many more podcasts waiting. As well as web site! Very many thanks. Mary Ann

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